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1 Giant Leap is Jamie Catto from Faithless & musician/producer Duncan Bridgeman. The album is recordings they gathered while traveling around the world. They recorded a number of musicians, storytellers, authors, filmmakers, artists and thinkers from many different cultures. Artists included on the album are Michael Stipe, Asha Bosle, Dennis Hopper, Baaba Maal, The Mahotella Queens, Kurt Vonnegut, Horace Andy, Michael Franti & DJ Swamp. Housed in a slipcase. 2002.

The U.K.-based musician, film director, and Faithless cofounder Jamie Catto and producer Duncan Bridgeman coproduced this impressive multimedia CD, which boasts an eclectic array of artists ranging from Senegal's Baaba Maal and New Zealand's Maori artist Whirimako Black to the king of ambient, Brian Eno. This project, the fruit of a six-month, five-continent recording spree, is a funky, folkloric, and futuristic mélange of sampled indigenous instruments and electronica. "Braided Hair" teams the rap-country vocals of Arrested Development's Speech with the daring pop diva Neneh Cherry. The South African mbaqanga vocals of the Mahotella Queens provide the Afro-rave underpinnings for vocalist Ulali's poetic pleas for African unity. The tantric trances of the South Asian syncopated tabla drums pepper the synth-laden "When You Dream," which features R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and the Indian star Asha Bhosle. Boundaries of nationality, time, and musical genre meld into grooves for the head, hips, and heart that need no translation. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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  1. Dunya SalamBaaba Maal 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. My CultureRobbie Williams, Maxi Jazz 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Way You DreamMichael Stipe, Asha Bhosle 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Ma' AfricaThe Mahotella Queens, Ulali 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Braided HairSpeech, Neneh Cherry 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Ta MokoWhiri Mako Black 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. BushesBaaba Maal 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. PassionMichael Franti & Spearhead 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. DaphneEddi Reader, The Mahotella Queens, Revetti Sakalar 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. All AloneVarious artists 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Racing AwayGrant Lee Phillips, Horace Andy 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. GhostsEddi Reader 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palm Pictures
  • ASIN: B00005UMQ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first time I listened to this CD, I listened to "All Alone" obsessively. I became so intoxicated with a feeling of immense completeness as every sadness in my soul dissolved into pure love.

The world could have disappeared and I would have been standing in the middle of a field of crimson roses all blooming to the sound of Duncan Bridgeman singing: "If you stay or if you go." The friend who sent me the CD said to listen to the track before I went to bed and I've never experienced such a healing gift. In life, you often meet people who will give you gifts your soul needs and then at times friends can work together to heal the world.

When Jamie Catto met Duncan Bridgeman it was a random moment in time. Like most creative friendships they found they had so much in common. Once they started talking they realized they had similar beliefs about the state of modern music. Jamie was the singer and keyboardist in the UK band Faithless and Duncan Bridgeman had been mixing albums for big-name artists. Together they have created a CD I can hardly believe exists.

I had no idea the impact it would make on me. I also didn't realize you could fall madly "in love" with a CD. ;) Once "My Culture" takes off, you are going to understand the meaning of "primal high on a soul level."

"I'm what I feel, what I'm feeling is surreal
I'm a mass of spinning wheels
Always digging in my heels
Now I've got the faith to

Fall back again
Crawl from the warm waters
Don't ever forget
You're on your feet again
Your feet again" ~My Culture

This CD is a spiritual journey into a land where you can escape from ordinary consciousness. You will feel you connect instantly with the universal wisdom in the lyrics.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Will on April 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman are geniuses. Travelling the world with a laptop to record a wide range of musicians, scientist, authors and thinkers on is unusual to say the least. However, they've produced what may well be some of the most beautiful and haunting music ever heard. They describe it themselves on the back of the CD as "exploring the unity in the diversity" and that it is.
Spanning all genres and all the world, this album truly is a masterpiece that deserves a place in everyone's collection. Featuring international stars such as Robbie Williams and Michael Stipe to relative unknowns like Baaba Maal and Speech. None of these artists recorded together yet the songs are contructed so masterfully that you'd never know. The vocals of Speech and Neneh Cherry on 'Braided Hair' are particularly impressive as it sounds so much like they recorded with each other.
The wonderful fusion of different styles in exceptionally good, "Ma' Africa" mixes an African womens choir with modern dance to great effect.
'The Way You Dream' is one of the standout tracks, Michael Stipe's voice will haunt you and effect you more than you can imagine.
This album will leave you enchanted and you can't fail to fall in love with it. Likely to be labelled "World" music which may put some off but don't let it for this really is an outstanding work which will appeal to everyone and deserves huge recognition, let's hope they do it all over again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ian Creamer on April 9, 2002
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1 Giant Leap can best be described from the 2 lines on the rear cover when it says "We travelled around the world collaborating with the most happening musicians, authors, scientists and thinkers we could find to explore the unity in the diversity." Essentially the theme of the c.d. is totally admirable but it's the musical aspect that will linger most in the listeners memory. Ex-Faithless member Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman have compiled a world music meets modern western music and presented it in an exciting way like I've never really heard before. Amazingly this c.d. was almost entirely recorded on a laptop in various musicians homes and then was all put together in a recording studio. In this they have harnessed the latest modern technology and mixed it with musical values that have been heard around the globe for centuries. Rhythm is the main mover in this c.d. They have amalgamated various rhythmic and ethnic sounds from every continent across the globe-from South/North America to Asia, From Africa to Oceania and Australia-and yet it's all mixed together with real cutting edge sounds of modern dance music. Each of the tracks feature vocalists who have extremely different styles coming from vastly different cultures. They recorded the music completely separately and you'd imagine that this would give this c.d. a very disjointed feel to it-yet nothing can be further from the truth. The first 2 tracks are an example of this-Babba Maal the amazing Senegalese vocalist shares a track that has rhythms that have origins in India and Asia. Then this leads into track 2 which starts of with a Maori emphasis before we go into modern dance style of Faithless lead rapper Maxi Jazz.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on July 4, 2002
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I was intrigued by the concept of 1 Giant Leap when I found out that founding Faithless member Jamie Catto was partially responsible for the album (and DVD). I was even more intrigued when I saw the list of guest appearances. The list includes Faithless's Maxi Jazz, international pop star Robbie Williams and REM's Michael Stipe. The entire album has an international flavor to the album combined with introspective lyrics. I didn't realize until now that the vocals were recorded separately and were eventually pieced together. I am impressed to say the very least. Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto did a bang up job of tying the vocals together and making them sound as if they were recorded together. "My Culture" is the perfect example. This sound is my favorite track on the album. Robbie Williams' vocals are so high that at times he sounded like a girl which isn't a bad thing. His vocals blended well together with Maxi Jazz's unique rapping style. "Dunya Salam" is a song that I would might hear either on a Talvin Singh or DJ I Cheb Sebbah album. I love that Indian/Middle Eastern influences in the song. There is something about traditional Indian and Middle Eastern music that sends chills down my spine. "Dunya Salam" has that same haunting aspect. My other favorite song off the album is "The Way You Dream" with Michael Stipe and Asha Bhosle. It is a beautiful song. I particularly enjoyed listening to Michael's vocals on this song. "1 Giant Leap" is a great example of when modern music is fused with traditional music from all over the planet. The music isn't completely modern nor is it truly international. Somewhere in between "1 Giant Leap" is stuck in the middle. If only there were more concept albums (if you want to call this album a 'concept album') like "1 Giant Leap".
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